- the sliding sight on a leveling rod.
- any marker on which sights are taken.
verb (used with object)
- properly aimed or on the right course toward a target.
- accurate, correct, or valid: Their description of the event was on target.
- filling or meeting a requirement or expectations: The amount of supplies we took was right on target.
Origin of target
Synonyms for target
Related Words for targetobject, point, destination, spot, mark, purpose, objective, victim, function, duty, use, end, intention, ambition, byword, scapegoat, quarry, game, prey
Examples from the Web for target
Contemporary Examples of target
When it comes to Terrence Howard though, I am not your target.‘Empire’ Review: Hip-Hop Musical Chairs with an Insane Soap Opera Twist
January 8, 2015
Both high fashion and the fast, commercial fashion of Target are supposed to be about aspiration.
But, but … there was a token black girl in the background, Target cried in its defense!
Typically, aircraft will work in pairs where the flight lead will make an initial pass to mark a target with rockets.New U.S. Stealth Jet Can’t Fire Its Gun Until 2019
December 31, 2014
He hesitates when I ask him about the target of the other missiles.The Dangerous Drug-Funded Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan
December 29, 2014
Historical Examples of target
He could follow his target as though a magnetic power attracted his rifle.
Then, hardly looking at his target, he snapped his rifle back to his shoulder and fired.
And their target is fairly protected and at least partially hidden.Camps, Quarters and Casual Places
Huh, that ain't sayin' much, when like as not the target was a barn!With Trapper Jim in the North Woods
Lawrence J. Leslie
He fired at the target, and made a bull's-eye, much to his surprise and delight.Frank Roscoe's Secret
- an object or area at which an archer or marksman aims, usually a round flat surface marked with concentric rings
- (as modifier)target practice
- any point or area aimed at; the object of an attack or a takeover bid
- (as modifier)target area; target company
- a substance, object, or system subjected to bombardment by electrons or other particles, or to irradiation
- an electrode in a television camera tube whose surface, on which image information is stored, is scanned by the electron beam
verb -gets, -geting or -geted (tr)
Word Origin for target
c.1400, "shield," diminutive of late Old English targe, from Old French targe "light shield," from Frankish *targa "shield" (cf. Old High German zarga "edging, border," German zarge, Old English targe, Old Norse targa "shield"), from Proto-Germanic *targo "border, edge." Meaning "object to be aimed at in shooting" first recorded 1757, originally in archery. Target audience is by 1951, early reference is to Cold War psychological warfare.
"to use as a target," 1837, from target (n.). Related: Targeted; targeting.
see on target; sitting duck (target).